Muscle relaxants are used to cure muscle spasms/muscle spasticity. As you know, spasms are involuntary movements of muscles. There are many causes for spasms, they are very closely related to back issues/neck issues, for example.
Spasticity is a muscle control disorder that is characterized by stiffness that can prevent normal body functioning. Muscle spasticity stems from brain trauma, spinal cord issues, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and ALS, among some other conditions.
So, if you suffer from any of the aforementioned issues, your MD may suggest you try a muscle relaxer. The doctor’s first suggestion is usually an OTC option like Tylenol or Advil. There are some cases in which those do not work, you get a muscle relaxer prescription.
There are many adverse effects that might occur when you’re on a muscle relaxer. You’re pretty much guaranteed to encounter one or more of the below-mentioned effects. You have to make sure you notice all of them, so your specialist can find the muscle relaxer that works best for you.
Some of the most prevalent adverse effects:
- Lessened blood pressure.
There are some incredibly serious side-effects related to muscle relaxer, including severe liver damage. You should never drink liquor while on muscle relaxers. Combining sleepiness-inducing pills with liquor significantly increases your risk of an accident.
One other issue we just have to mention while taking about muscle relaxants: they can be incredibly addictive for some people. If you take them with no prescription or take more than suggested – you’re at a higher risk of becoming addicted.
Now, there’s more information regarding the classification. These prescription medications are split into two different groups. You have antispasmodics and you have antispastics. The former are used to cure spasms and the latter are used to cure spasticity.
The antispastics must never be used to cure muscle spasms (yet some antispasmodics may be useful when it comes to treating spasticity).
Some of the best antispastics:
- Baclofen. Used to cure spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis. Possible side-effects: wooziness, weakness and exhaustion.
- Dantrolene. Used to cure spasticity caused by spinal cord damage, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, and stroke.
- Diazepam. It is used to cure spasticity caused by inflammation or trauma. It is a tranquilliser. Side effects: sleepiness, wooziness, muscle weakness.